We were driving in the car. I turned down the radio & our conversation went something like this,
“Hadley-guess what? Mommy is going to take some pictures of someone very special today. Can you guess who it is?”
“Nope. It’s someone even more special than Grandma & Grandpa.”
“Brody? Thad? Margaret?”
In a quiet voice, she said, “Me?”
As I told her yes, she shrieked & said, “I’m going to be SO EXCITING!!!!!!”
Hadley is starting preschool in a couple of days & I thought that it would be a fun reason to get out with her & take some photographs of the way she is NOW. The sweet, innocent, beautiful, creative girl who lives in a dream world filled with rainbows, princesses, cotton candy & unicorns. She owns the hugest chunk of my heart & since she has been in my life I’ve been changed. I can’t believe that God has given her to us-to raise, love & learn from. She is my little angel & I never knew that my capacity to love someone could be so huge until the day she was born.
My amazing mom always made dresses for me & my sisters growing up…I remember it being so special knowing that something had been made for me. So I made this little dress for Hadley’s photo shoot…we went to this gorgeous field of yellow flowers & I photographed her being herself. No posing, no directions. I don’t want to look back at my photographs of Hadley as a little girl & have them be posed photographs- I don’t want to remember her as a posed three year old. I want to look back at these photographs & know that they truly captured the rainbow, princess, cotton candy & unicorn world that Hadley lives in as a three year old.
So here they are-Hadley in all of her beautiful, radiating three-year old glory. And she was right- she WAS so exciting for these photographs! I am 100% positive that I will never photograph a more beautiful, captivating & amazing subject than my little sweetheart.
Love that look on the right! Cracks me up!
I can’t believe that she held a ladybug! When we came home I asked her what she held in her hand on our photo shoot & she said, “A hamster!” No visible difference between a hamster & a ladybug, I guess…
I’m pretty sure she was singing me a song right here…
And the song apparently had a dance that went along with it…I mean LOOK at those jazz hands!!!
The reward for being such a good girl…